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Field hospital in Pakistan needs more midicine, equipment

08-23-2010 08:38 BJT

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Medical staff at a Pakistani field hospital say they haven't discovered any cholera cases or waterborne diseases among patients.

Doctors and nurses there, say they desperately need more medicine and resources to treat the sick and injured, displaced by the floods.

More than 200 health centers and hospitals across Pakistan have been damaged or destroyed by the floods. So, temporary field ones have been set-up to provide medical care.

The UN High Commission for Refugees says it's providing shelter to over 500 families in the Nowshera District.

The commission predicts its emergency accommodation facility will soon hold up to 3-thousand affected people.

Doctor Gulzar Hussain runs a makeshift field hospital in a college, east of Peshawar. He says he's coping to keep up with the number of patients with a lack of resources.

Doctor Gulzar Hussain, Field hospital, Mowshrea District, said, "We are treating patients with diarrhea everyday and sending them back to their tents or home. We have not identified any cases of cholera here so far."

Dr. Hussain says the hospital needs more medicine and equipment, as well as an ambulance.

Doctor Gulzar Hussain, Field hospital, Mowshrea District, said, "We need more medicine to help treat patients. We also need more equipment. The better and newer the equipment, the better we can help the patients. An ambulance is also very important because yesterday there was a delivery and we didn't have a vehicle here at the time, so we used a World Health Organization vehicle".

About 150-thousand people have reportedly joined the mass exodus of the Indus River flood plains as floodwaters continued to rise.

Officials expect floodwaters across Pakistan will recede in the next few days as the last river torrents empty into the Arabian Sea.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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